No. 22 Arizona Blows Out ASU, 106-81
March 7, 2004
By BOB BAUM
AP Sports Writer
TUCSON, Ariz. - Chris Rodgers scored a career-high 20 points and No. 22Arizona wrapped up its regular season with a 106-81 victory over Arizona Stateon Sunday.
Salim Stoudamire and Hassan Adams added 21 points apiece for the Wildcats(19-8, 11-7 Pac-10), who beat Arizona State for the 18th time in 19 tries.
Channing Frye scored 20, Andre Iguodala had 12 points and 11 rebounds andMustafa Shakur had a career-best 11 assists with just one turnover for Arizona.The freshman point guard's previous best was seven assists.
The game had no bearing on the Pac-10 tournament seedings. Arizona wound upthird, its lowest finish since 1997. Arizona State (10-17, 4-14) finished lastand didn't qualify for the tournament.
The Wildcats will play Southern California in the first round of theconference tournament on Thursday.
Freshman Kenny Kruger scored a career-best 22 points for the Sun Devils. IkeDiogu, the Pac-10 scoring leader, had 19 points and 14 rebounds. The sophomorecenter has scored in double figures in all 59 of his college games. StevieMoore also scored 19 for ASU.
Arizona's 18-4 run put the Wildcats up 26-13 on Rodgers' 3-pointer with11:20 left in the half. But Diogu scored the first four in a 10-0 spurt thatcut the Wildcats' lead to 26-25 on Stevie Moore's 3-pointer 7:34 before thebreak.
Rodgers followed with a 3-pointer and Arizona was off and running again.Rodgers scored eight in 20-2 outburst that gave the Wildcats a 46-27 lead with1:01 to play in the half.
Arizona State scored the last five points of the half to make it 46-32, butArizona turned it on again to start the second half. The Wildcats made nine oftheir first 11 shots. The Sun Devils were down 60-47 after Diogu's two freethrows with 16 minutes to play.
Arizona scored the next 13, the last two on Stoudamire's steal and no-lookpass to Rodgers for a layup, to go up 73-47 with 12:13 remaining.
Arizona shot 57 percent in the second half (21-for-37) and 54 percent forthe game (39-for-72).
Rodgers - the sixth man in what usually is a six-man rotation - made 8-of-10shots, 3-of-4 3-pointers. His previous career-best was 17 points.